BOOK RE­VIEWS

We look at a col­lec­tion of Shet­land-in­spired pat­terns

The Knitter - - Contents -

SHETLANDIC KNIT­TING by Marja de Haan, Anne de Haan and Hilly van der Sluis (pub­lished by Trol­len­wol)

CRE­ATED BY a trio of Dutch knit­ting de­sign­ers, this book is a love let­ter to the Shet­land Isles. It’s filled with ap­peal­ing lace and colour­work pat­terns, at­mo­spheric pho­tos, and sto­ries from their trav­els.

The 17 de­signs for women and ba­bies are mod­ern, re­laxed and wear­able, us­ing pat­terns and colour­ways in­spired by Shet­land land­scapes and tra­di­tions. The is­lands’ flora has had a par­tic­u­lar in­flu­ence on Marja, Anne and Hilly. A chick­weed va­ri­ety found on Unst ap­pears on a bright stranded colour­work shawl, a quick-knit head­band, and cosy mit­tens. It is also used on a neat, aran-weight skirt that can fit waists of around 26in-45in.

Flower-like pat­terns can be seen on a del­i­cate cob­web-weight shawl; on pretty gloves with cor­ru­gated rib cuffs; and on a sweet pair of boot top­pers. Na­tive or­chids in­spired the strik­ing black-and-white colour­work on the ‘Orchid Shawl’.

The is­lands’ fauna is rep­re­sented by the wren mo­tif used on a charm­ing baby set com­pris­ing a jumper, hat and socks. The plumage of puffins, mean­while, can be seen in the colours of the Fair Isle head­band.

Other projects in­clude a clas­sic tam, a steeked blan­ket with a mod­ern wave pat­tern, and a clas­sic shawl called ‘Croft’, with an at­trac­tive all-over lace pat­tern. An ar­ray of dec­o­ra­tive mo­tifs is used on the ‘Yoal’ sweater, which is de­signed for a loose fit and is sized for busts 38in-50in.

All the pat­terns in this book are de­signed to use Shet­land wools from Shet­land Or­gan­ics, Uradale Yarn and Jamieson’s of Shet­land. The sec­tion of black and white knit­ting charts at the back of the book make it easy for knit­ters ndto de­sign their own colour­ways for the Fair Isle projects.

Through­out the book are scat­tered lit­tle sto­ries on Shet­land’s cul­ture, and the de­sign­ers’ re­flec­tions on their trip to the isles. It will ap­peal to in­ter­me­di­ate knit­ters and those look­ing for colour­work with a mod­ern twist; it will def­i­nitely in­spire read­ers to take their own trip to Shet­land!

The book is avail­able in English as well as Dutch, and can be or­dered from Trol­len­wol in the Nether­lands. Postage to the UK costs 12 eu­ros (ap­prox. £10).

The colours, flora and fauna of the Shet­land Isles are re­flected in the 17 gar­ment and ac­ces­sory pat­terns

Shetlandic Knit­ting is avail­able to or­der from Trol­len­wol in the Nether­lands. It costs 24.95 (ap­prox. £21) plus 12 postage to the UK. For de­tails, visit www.trol­len­wol­web.nl

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